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President Trump’s son-in-law is suddenly under the microscope.

Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Donald Beyer (D-Va.) have written a letter calling on acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance in light of reports that a personnel director overrode recommendations that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law not be granted top-secret clearance.

Kushner’s clearance was denied by two unnamed career White House security experts because of FBI concerns about foreign influence, NBC reported last week. But they were overruled by Carl Kline when he was installed as the director of the personnel security office of the president, according to the news network. Kushner, a senior White House adviser, was finally granted permanent security clearance in May 2018.

Kline overrode recommendations against security clearances for 30 people in the White House, an unprecedented number of reversals, NBC reported.

Trump told The New York Times in an interview published Thursday that he did not play a role in arranging top-secret clearance for Kushner.

Lieu and Beyer wrote to Mulvaney: “We have held serious concerns about the implications of granting Jared Kushner a security clearance … given [his] track record of ‘omitting’ meetings, relationships and business interests that tie him to foreign officials.” The NBC report on Kushner — and the others whose clearances were approved despite objections  — is particularly troubling because the White House has provided no information about the concerns and why these people have continued access to sensitive information, the congressmen wrote.

NBC reported Thursday that a White House security analyst described by her attorney as a “whistleblower” has been suspended for two weeks from her job without pay — just days after the network’s report on Kushner appeared.

The action against Tricia Newbold, who works for Kline, was imposed for failure to supervise, failure to follow instructions and defiance, according to a document obtained by NBC News. The suspension was initially recommended Dec. 3. Newbold has had “no prior formal disciplinary action” in her 18 years on the job, stated the suspension decision, according to NBC.

Newbold’s attorney Ed Passman called the suspension “clearly reprisal for her whistleblowing.” NBC has not identified her as one of the sources for its story on Kushner’s clearance.

Newbold, who suffers from a form of dwarfism, filed a discrimination complaint against Kline three months ago, but the supervisor who filed the suspension said it was not linked to the penalty.

Several of the security clearances approved by Kline are being investigated by the House Oversight Committee.

House officials have accused the Trump administration of causing “grave breaches of national security” by disregarding security protocols, according to a statement last week by committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

“The system is supposed to be a nonpartisan determination of an individual’s fitness to hold a clearance, not an ad hoc approach that overrules career experts to give the President’s family members access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets,” said the statement. 

source: huffingtonpost.com

9 COMMENTS

  1. OCD is another nut job in Congress. Just because it’s a slow news day don’t fill in with dribble from the congresswoman from New York. She is full of hogwash.

  2. How many Democrats who have security clearances should also be revoked. It’s also amazing how so many liberals especially politicians act like little children.

  3. Kushner deserves all the scrutiny he gets!! We moved the American Embassy in Israel so he’d walk away with millions for his housing units?? Thousands have been brutally murdered so Kushner could make HIS millions off the WH? This is a disgusting Admin. They’re all in it for their own pockets.

  4. I don’t like Kushner, no matter how much Ivanka loves him.
    He’s in Soros back pocket and he carries with him a very bad aura.
    Seeing him out of the WH, doesn’t hurt me.
    He is the Core of the Election team and there he should stay

  5. Now we are putting J. Kushner in headlines with a question mark, cause fake news does not know. Yet, they needed something to headline going against and at Trump, so here he is. How pathetic you truly have been and are getting with new heights reached, media sources!

  6. Why don’t you liberals go after the liberals that don’t follow the law. Could it be that you are just simple crooks. A good example of that is the democrats that were assigned to investigate the President. If there were violations with the Russian deal, it happen on Obama’s watch. Clinton had her hands in on the deal also. Where are the investigation of Obama and Clinton. I want to see integrity restored in the justice department and FBI. That’s a large problem and most Americans know it is and they also know the investigation should have started about two years. We must not allow crooks to control our justice system. Mr President when you get your ducks lined up please bring charges against the hoods, crooks or what ever you want to call them. They must not get away with their crimes, that’s not the way our system works.

  7. Democrats could care less about our National Security or protocol when they selected a woman who broke everyone of those protocols for her own interest. A woman who conducted the people business for the State Department out of an unsecured server yet they have not yet revoked her clearance.

    Democrats will not even provide the funds to secure our borders…..what a joke to pretend they care about our National Security…..if you did, you would had already approve the funds to BUILD THE WALL

  8. It is time that the DEMS clean up there people before starting on any one else there is about 8 that comes to mind now lest see what they do about C B and O C the three from Virginia ant the rest

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